McKinney (Texas) North 2015 safety Bryce Balous has football in his blood.
His father, Johnnie Balous, played running back at Oklahoma in the mid-1990's after recording the first 2,000-yard rushing season in school history at Carthage High School in East Texas. Johnnie also spent time playing Arena League Football.
Bryce Balous showed that the skills have been passed on to him. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder ran a blistering 4.39-second 40-yard dash at Saturday's Dallas Nike Football SPARQ Combine at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, tying 2015 RB Justin Bailey for the fastest time at the event, which hosted more than 1,700 athletes.
Balous finished with a strong SPARQ score of 105.30, which included a 34.4-inch vertical and a 4.22-second pro agility time.
"Ole Miss, Nevada, Texas Tech, Texas, and Tulsa," Balous said in reference to schools that have visited McKinney North during spring practice. North also has four-star running back Ronald Jones, an Oklahoma State commit with more than 20 offers.
Balous says he fits better as a strong safety than a free safety. He's a fast and physical player who enjoys crashing downhill into the box in run support.
"I'm working on my angles," Balous said. "Most of the college coaches have told me to work on my angles."
While the 4.39 40 is eye-opening, it's not too surprising if you're familiar with Balous' speed. He ran a 10.34-second 100 meters during his district track meet before qualifying for the state track meet with a 10.48 at regionals.
With such impressive athleticism, don't be surprised if Balous sees an increase in recruiting activity in the coming weeks. The spring evaluation period lasts through the end of the month, which should also help Balous' exposure.